The old songs are the best for folk songstress and her stellar band
Folk singer Fay Hield has a gift for unearthing rare and interesting old songs, and giving them a new lease of life, writes Sarah Pitt.
Her second album, Orfeo, features 11 traditional songs, including lead track Sir Orfeo, based on a 13th-century retelling of the epic Greek fable Orpheus and Eurydice.
Then there's the obscure and beguiling nursery rhyme Naughty Baby – which name-checks Napoleon Bonaparte, the bogeyman employed by 19th century parents to scare wayward offspring – and the feisty Lancashire mill-girl tour-de-force, The Old 'Arris Mill.
Fay, pictured left, is accompanied by The Hurricane Party, a stellar supporting cast of the finest folk musicians working today. They include her partner Jon Boden, frontman of Bellowhead (fiddle, guitar, percussion, double bass, mandolin, additional banjo and vocals), Andy Cutting (button accordions, melodeon), Rob Harbron (English concertina, fiddle, vocals), Sam Sweeney (fiddle, viola, cello, nyckelharpa, vocals) and special guest Martin Simpson (banjo, guitar). See them live at the Exeter Phoenix on Wednesday, March 27.
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